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Wed 10/16 Big M

Postby Steve271 » Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:21 pm

Hoping to hit Big M late morning tomorrow- forecast looks great.
Always appreciate company :)
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Re: Wed 10/16 Big M

Postby BritishBlokeRyan » Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:27 pm

Steve, I am going to try to head out tomorrow to the "Clean Thames" (as kiters for generations will now be calling it). I am shooting for a late morning arriving as well (probably get there around 11:00-11:30am). Hope to see you there!
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Re: Wed 10/16 Big M

Postby dmonn » Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:10 am

I'm hoping there's still some wind left late afternoon. If there is, I'll be at Pike. Not enough daylight after school to get anywhere else. If there's wind, I'll be there by 3:30.
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Re: Wed 10/16 Big M

Postby PowerManJ316 » Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:06 am

Steve or Ryan - any interest in Wind Power? I think I may make the treck up to Fond du Lac today. So good up there on a NW.
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Re: Wed 10/16 Big M

Postby BritishBlokeRyan » Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:33 am

Steve, I might join Jeff on this one (gotta talk to the wife first). If you don't see me at Big M by Noon then I'm probably en route to FDL.
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Re: Wed 10/16 Big M

Postby Steve271 » Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:55 am

Good call- see you guys at Wind Power
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Re: Wed 10/16 Big M

Postby dmonn » Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:59 am

Pike was good, but didn't last long. By 4:30 the wind started to crap out, but I got some good riding in before that.
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Re: Wed 10/16 Big M

Postby PowerManJ316 » Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:38 am

Wind power was fun. The wind had a lot of North in it, so you got surprisingly nice waves setting up near the sand bars. I was powered up on a 10m. Used the surfboard the majority of the time. By 2pm the wind was starting to come down, but still plenty for a 12m kite. Water is defo cold, feet were a bit chilly after a 2 hour session.

It was my first session on my new kite, a Naish Pivot. I really love it. Hands down a great kite for riding waves. Not as grunty as the switchblade, but it pulls really consistently through the turns. The switchblade yanks you quick a bit in the power zone and then stalls out at the edge of the window. The Pivot drifts and pulls far more consistently throughout the power zone. That said, if I were purely riding a twin tip and jumping I would still go for the switchblade. But when considering twin tip, surfboad and hydrofoiling, the Pivot is the way to go for this guy. Thanks again Stafford for the hook-up.
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Re: Wed 10/16 Big M

Postby Steve271 » Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:56 pm

Agree FDL was fun.
I found it tricky to launch, until a helpful local assisted me in the water.
Enjoyed my first time in small waves, a little underpowered on a 9m, but found I could use the wave movement to coax the board onto the plane. Although the waves did make it harder to find my board after I jumped without it :)
Thx for the redirect from all to nudge me up to FDL for the NW wind.
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Re: Wed 10/16 Big M

Postby PowerManJ316 » Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:32 am

Glad you enjoyed it Steve.

I saw a few people struggling to launch, I'd be happy to give some pointers next time I'm out. A lot of the locals in Fondy are windsurfers, so we need to give them a little more instruction on how to hold the kite as it can be a little awkward for someone that doesn't handle them regularly. Drift launching is tougher in the waves, but same principles still apply. Let me know if I can help and I'll be happy to do a free pointers session.
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